Why We Chose Barkbox For Our Dogs – A Review

Hey friends, Happy Tuesday hope you are well. Today I want to tell you all about another great subscription we get in the Vick house, this one is not for us but our dogs. so let me start by asking have you heard of bark box yet?!

No?! let me tell you all about our experience through the first year of our bark box subscription. Everything about these boxes just yells out open me i’m full of fun! When we started our subscription last April we only had Teddy so he has had the box to himself until January when we got Milo.IMG_5498

One thing I did before we signed up was research, research and more research! I watched a lot of review videos and read what actual people had to say on Facebook in the comments where they seem to be the most critical of everything.

The Treats:

One thing i really liked about Barkbox was that all their products are made in the US or Canada and all of the treats we have gotten so far have been made is the US which is so awesome! we get all kinds of treats from all kinds of cool companies that partner with Barkbox to match the treats with the toy theme.

The Toys:

We joined when they had a coupon for a free bonus toy and I am so glad we did, especially now that we have Milo because it gives them an extra toy to fight over play with together. These toys have been through the ringer we are up to 6 trashed toys out of around 36, what i also love is when our boys destroy a toy we can text customer service and they send them a new tougher toy to replace it.  They also have a super chewer box if your dog is a little more rough on toys but I was told they do not offer the extra free toy with that box as of yet.

Customer service:

It is so important to me that any company has great people working in their customer service, A company willing to right a wrong is always worth my money. I really love that I can text customer service if I have a problem, they are super friendly and in just a few short days we have a replacement toy or treat for our boys. The ability to text this helps me get questions answered or products replaced during my busy work week without missing a beat.

The Box:

Here is a look at this months box, the theme is BarkBeards Treasure: A Pirates Tail

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Each month your box comes just like this with a cute themed paper to cover all the goodies. We have seen youtubers give the box directly to the dogs to open but we don’t do that. I like the chance to take the tags off and make each of our dogs sit for a toy and the third toy goes in the toy bucket for later play.

 

 

 

Each box comes with cards telling about the toys and treats that came in your box and other buy-able toys and treats for that theme you can buy from Barkbox’s online store.

some toys come with bonus toys inside for when your pup gets to rough and kaboom toy destruction! our dogs actually love the little spike balls from inside broken toys and they take turns trying to hide them from each other.

This box came with a cute bandanna, this was a first and I hope one of our boys will actually wear it. it is very soft and large enough it would fit either dog.

You get 2 bags of treats and one chew unfortunately this is not pictured, they ate it while i was taking pictures. This is the same for every package everyone gets the same treats and sometimes they give you a chance to add something fun like a dog safe cake!

Well that concludes my review of our bark box, our pups really look forward to these coming in the mail each month and we think your pups would too!

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If you want to try a BarkBox  and see for yoursef how great this company is you can get one here.

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Also you can start with just one month if you are not so sure or go for six months or a full year like we did!

Thanks for reading

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It’s Just Not Our Season

Can we just be real for a minute? My body has always presented new problems throuout my life. When i was 11 i had an emergency hysterectomy, this surgery changed my life forever, i didnt really know how to feel about it then but as I have gotten older and even more so now that I’m married and own a home, it has been hitting me really hard lately. If we are being honest we all know life is never what you think it will be. I’ve been sharing my life here for a long while now, you don’t always see the sad parts or the angry parts or maybe you do see them, maybe you are family or a friend, maybe you know me from work or we go to the same church or maybe you are walking along side me on the same journey. Maybe this also isn’t your season, maybe you also get emotional when your sister, friend or Coworker is expecting, or you are also a little hesitant to hold that new baby because you know your heart is crying out for one of your own. Maybe someone asked you when you are going to start a family or said “your clock is ticking”. We both know those words hurt, maybe it has happened in public or at your job and you cried in the ladies room, maybe even in front of your colleagues who just don’t understand or maybe they do. Maybe you also wonder why your body has failed you because this is one big incredible thing our bodies are supposed to be able to do. Maybe you feel broken like I do sometimes, like your body is broken, your heart, your mind. Maybe like me you too are crying out to the father because you don’t understand why this isn’t your season, you are so ready, your heart is so ready. Maybe you are praying for this incredible gift to come in and change your whole life, but it hasn’t happened yet, maybe something else has happened instead. Those little surprise set backs, you know the ones, maybe it was surgery, maybe you lost a loved one, or had to suddenly pick up and move. Maybe you have been sitting in the church pews when they talk about Sara or about gods perfect timing and you couldn’t hold back tears, and you wonder if she felt this way too. Maybe you to have been hugged tight by a woman who has been where you are and she offered you hope, gave you faith in a future you can have when the time is right. I bet she also reminded you to keep praying, keep thanking him for all the prayers he has already answered. Your spouse, home, car, health. Maybe she offered comforting words and you cried together. I pray for you, I will pray with you, we are walking this journey together and just because this is your season doesn’t mean this will be your whole life. Hang in there, cry it it out, scream if thats what you need to do, Praise him even in this season even on the hard days, with the tear filled eyes and puffy cheeks.

Let’s Talk About Grove Collaborative

Hello my lovelies, have you heard about grove collaborative yet?

If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen pictures of my kitchen paired with brightly colored natural cleaners.

Last year while we were still looking for a house I signed up for grove through a link on pinterest while looking for asthma and allergy friendly cleaners, it has been almost a year and I’m so excited to share what I think!

Here are the pros and cons I’ve come across in my year of a grove collaborative membership.

Pros:

  • You don’t have to be a
  • member to get great prices
  • Shipping is always free for members as long as you spend $10
  • You don’t have to get a box every month
  • New members get fantastic discounts on their first order.
  • Members can earn free boxes through referrals
  • They have lots of products to choose from and new stuff all the time
  • Occasional freebies
  • They price match
  • Their new discover feature gets me to try products I may not have otherwise

Cons:

  • Non-members have to pay shipping after trial is over
  • Some scents may not be for everyone
  • They don’t have a carpet cleaner (yet!) 😉

Here is a break down of what I got in my first box with the discount link from pinterest, if after reading you want to join here is my link for a discount on your first box.

Here is what I got in my first box

Here is a closer look at what I got along with prices and product names

I was impressed! Everything smelled amazing, looked well made and most importantly it did what it was supposed to do, clean my house without chemicals or strong smells!

I wanted to wait until we moved into our house to order more. But a soon as we signed the papers I was ready for box #2!

Here is as breakdown of box 2

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Here’s what came inside

I am a excited about my most recent box, grove collaborative just had a birthday so I ended up with some extra freebies this time.

Here are some of my favorite

These are my top 5 buys i keep on hand.

  1. Mrs Meyers honeysuckle laundry detergent. This product is m BFF, the smell is light and sweet but tough on stains when it comes to getting our clothes clean.
  2. Walnut scrubber sponges. I buy a pack of these with every box because i love and use them every day! These don’t get smelly even after a month of use. They are the tough enough to remove old residue from 77 year old hardwood but gentle enough for our glass cooktop.
  3. Mrs Meyers Multi Surface Cleaner This stuff is amazing I use it all over the house, it leaves surfaces clean, shiny and smelling fresh.
  4. Method Spearmint Toilet cleaner I love how easily this product cleans and it leaves a minty scent instead of bleach!
  5. Method Daily Wood Cleaner this stuff makes even my floors clean and shiny. I love the smell as well!

These 3 products were not a good fit for me:

  1. Mrs Meyers laundry soap in geranium. This scent made us both gag I was glad when the bottle was empty!
  2. Method stainless steel cleaner. I just wasn’t impressed with this product, It left my appliances streaky and greasy.
  3. Mrs Meyers holiday set in Peppermint. This was another scent issue for us I just didn’t care for the smell . It did clean just as well as the other scents though!

I hope this has been helpful if you are considering signing up, try to first box and I’m sure you will love it! Don’t forget to use our link for a discount on your first box!

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Easy Meals For Work Nights: Chicken Parmesan Pasta

This is hands down my favorite go to recipe on a long day when I would rather have a bowl of cereal than cook dinner.

This is kind of like hamburger helper but using things we already have in the pantry and fridge,which is great when we need to save a little money and who doesn’t want to save a little making dinner!

Today you will need:

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 Box Annie’s parmesan spirals
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 table spoon butter or olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Okay let’s get started first let’s pull out what’s left of your shredded chicken you will want to use about 2 cups.

Pour butter/oil in skillet along with chicken and spices and cook for 5 minutes. Now add your pasta set aside the cheese packet for later. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 10 minutes or until all liquid is gone. Add milk, cheese packet and parmesan and mix until all is combined. Serve and enjoy!

Sometimes we try this same idea with different kinds of pasta so be creative with what you have!

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Easy Meals For Work Nights: Cheesy Chicken & Rice Nachos

Welcome to Mondays fabulous meal!

Grab that chicken we just made in the instant pot and let’s go!

Today we are making our Cheesy chicken and rice served with tortilla chips.

Today you will need:

  • Shredded chicken
  • 1 Box of ricearoni Mexican rice
  • Cheese sauce of choice
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil
  • 2 cup chicken both
  • 1/4 cup water

Begin by cooking your rice in the butter or oil. Next add your broth and water, cook for roughly 10 minutes or until tender. Once rice is cooked add your cheese sauce, chicken seasoning packet from rice and mix everything together.

Serve with tortilla chips with your favorite taco Toppings or as a taco/burrito.

Easy peasy!

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Easy Meals For Work Nights : Chicken

I have been asked to share some of my quick dinner recipes.

Now that we both work full time and I don’t get off until 7 pm it is hard to get in the mood to cook dinner.

This week you will need an instant pot if you want to follow the first recipe. You can also use any method you prefer for cooking chicken until it falls apart.

We have this model we got from QVC

Here is a list of things you need to get started

  • 1 large instant pot
  • Frozen boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup water

First you’ll want to break up your frozen chicken enough to fit in your instant pot then add your water.

I let this cook for 30 minutes and it is usually perfect. I cheat when it comes to shreading the chicken by putting it in my stand mixer for about 5 minutes. You should have a good bit of broth from your chicken set that aside for later.

You should now have a large bowl of chicken ready for your week of easy recipes for your busy work week!

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